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Liposuction and Tummy Tucks — Aren’t They the Same Thing

Despite what many people have been led to believe, liposuction and tummy tucks are not the same thing and, in fact, they’re actually very different cosmetic procedures that are undergone for different purposes. To set the record straight, this article looks at both liposuction and tummy tucks and points out the differences between these two popular plastic surgery procedures that both men and women undergo

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

This cosmetic surgery procedure is popular with women who have recently given birth as it removes excess fat and skin from the abdomen and reshapes it, not to mention removing stretch marks, which has made tummy tucks in Perth very popular, as you can well imagine. What’s more, it’s also very popular with people who have lost a lot of weight and have a sagging midriff that can be very difficult to remove, even with a good diet and regular exercise.

Liposuction (Lipoplasty)

Unlike tummy tucks which treat excess skin and fat around the abdomen, liposuction can be applied to many parts of the body. In addition to the abdomen, which can also be sculpted with tummy tucks by Dr Randle, areas commonly treated with liposuction include the arms, back, buttocks, chin and legs.

Moreover, tummy tucks remove both excess skin and fat while liposuction removes fat from the treated area with the use of a cannula which is attached to a high-pressure vacuum which sucks out the fat. These are the two main differences between tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) and liposuction (lipoplasty):

  • Tummy tucks remove both fat and skin whereas liposuction removes only fat
  • Tummy tucks are used to treat the abdomen whereas liposuction treats many areas

Furthermore, the procedures are different, as mentioned above, liposuction uses a cannula attached to a vacuum, whereas a tummy tuck is more complicated medical procedure, one which involves reshaping the abdomen and, therefore, it involves cutting through skin and abdominal muscle.

Which is Right for You?

That’s the big question for most people — which of these two popular cosmetic surgery procedures is the right one for you? That’s a question that only you can answer, however, to make the right decision, you need to speak to a specialist and the best specialist to speak to is the one who’ll perform the procedure — the plastic surgeon, as well as your GP.

Always consult your regular doctor before undergoing any type of cosmetic surgery just to be on the safe side. Some of the things you’ll need to discuss with the medical specialists you speak to include:

  • Your current state of health and how suitable a cosmetic surgery procedure is for you
  • The possible side effects of both procedures and how likely you are to be affected
  • The suitability of the two procedures and which is best for your body and your goals

Tummy tucks and liposuction are not the same cosmetic surgery procedure and there are many differences between the two, including the treatment of different areas and the use of different procedures. Which one is right for you?